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Chris Holtmann signs multiyear deal

Butler coach Chris Holtmann has agreed to a multiyear deal to replace Brandon Miller, who had been on medical leave since early October, according to sources.

The school announced that Holtmann has been named the head coach on Friday in a statement.

"Chris has provided important leadership and coached successfully in a difficult situation. He has fully embraced the Butler Way and we are confident in the future of our basketball program with Chris at the helm," Butler athletic director Barry Collier said in the statement. "We want to thank Brandon Miller for his many contributions to Butler over the last 18 months, and wish him well. Out of respect for Brandon and his privacy, we will have no additional comment."

Miller, 35, stepped away due to medical reasons on Oct. 2 after just one season at the helm. His federally mandated 12-week leave expires this week.

Miller is a former Butler player and Ohio State assistant who also left the business abruptly in 2011. He was hired by Collier to replace Brad Stevens, who left to become the head coach of the Boston Celtics in July of 2013.

Holtmann, 43, left his head-coaching job at Gardner-Webb to join Miller as an assistant coach in July of 2013. Holtmann took over a fledgling Gardner-Webb program and in his third and final season went 21-13 with a postseason appearance in the CIT.

Holtmann has done an impressive job in Miller's absence, leading a Butler group that was 14-17 overall and 4-14 in Big East play to a 10-4 start -- which includes a win over North Carolina down in the Bahamas.

"I am honored to be named the Head Coach at Butler University and it is a real privilege to serve the University in this capacity," Holtmann said in the statement. "I would like to thank President Danko and Barry Collier for their significant leadership and guidance during these last few months. I would also like to thank our staff and players for their incredible support and hard work. This is a special place and a program rich in tradition. We look forward to working extremely hard to make the Butler community proud in the coming years. We are grateful to Brandon for his leadership and he will always be an important part of Butler Basketball. He and his family remain in our program's thoughts and prayers."

Holtmann and his staff were also able to sign two recruits -- Sean McDermott and Nate Fowler -- in November that committed when Miller was still running things.

Sources told ESPN that Miller has had minimal contact with the coaching staff and players since the summer. Miller rarely went out on the recruiting trail throughout the all-important July recruiting period and hasn't had much interaction with the staff since deciding to take his medical leave just prior to the official start of practice.